Know Before You Go

Planning a trip to the Sunshine Coast? Here’s what you need to know before you go so that you can explore safely, responsibly, and respectfully.
 

Travel Updates and Information

Community Notices

Water usage: There are no active water conservation regulations in place at this time; but the Sunshine Coast faces increased demand on drinking water resources during periods of drought. Conserving water is a collective effort—familiarize yourself with local water restrictions before you arrive and learn more about how to conserve water during your trip

Campfires: There is no campfire ban in effect at this time. Please continue to exercise care and make sure all campfires are fully extinguished. Click here for details on fire bans and restrictions in the Coastal Fire Centre area. Call *5555 on a cell or 1.800.663.5555 (toll-free) to report a wildfire.

Backcountry Preparedness: Familiarize yourself with Leave No Trace principles and check out AdventureSmart as a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors. Remember the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials.

Bring your patience: Many local businesses are experiencing labour shortages. Please remember to be patient in the event of longer-than-normal wait times or unexpected closures. 
 

Roads & Ferries

Construction is underway in areas along Highway 101. Please check Drive BC for details on the current conditions on Highway 101, and leave some extra time to get to your destination. For all other roads on the Sunshine Coast, please visit scrd.ca/alerts for the South Coast and qathet.ca for the North Coast.

The Sunshine Coast is a popular summer destination. Making a ferry reservation is recommended, but if you’re unable to make a reservation, keep in mind that space is also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit bcferries.com for information on travel advisories, route status updates, and current conditions on major routes. You can also download the new BC Ferries app to book trips, check in at the terminal, and stay up-to-date with alerts.

Parks & Trails

Dakota Ridge opens for the season on January 11, 2024. Keep in mind that Sunday mornings are expected to be busy. There are kids ski lessons happening from January 14 – March 3rd every Sunday morning (from 10am - 12pm) except for the Family Day long weekend. People planning to visit on Sunday mornings should arrive at least half an hour before or half an hour after lessons begin, to avoid traffic and crowds around the parking lot and hut. A steady stream of vehicles will be departing through the single lane road at noon, when lessons end.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: as of January 30, Dakota Ridge has been closed due to warm weather and rain. Conditions will be reassessed regularly.

The bridge at the wetland (to the right of the campground) in Inland Lake Provincial Park has been damaged by storms. Inland Lake Trail is no longer fully accessible and the trail will not be a loop until the re-routing is complete.

Porpoise Bay Provincial Park is open for day use, however the Angus Creek trails between the beach and the amphitheatre are temporarily closed.

Big Tree Trail Recreation Site will be temporarily closed for day use from January 15 - February 29, 2024 while site improvements are made. 

Smuggler Cove Marine Provincial Park is temporarily closed at the 500m mark, due to recent flooding. 
 

Visit the BC Parks website for information on provincial parks. Visit qathet.ca or scrd.ca for information on regional parks.

How to Be a Mindful Visitor on the Sunshine Coast

Being a mindful visitor requires a thoughtful approach to travel, one that will help ensure the sustainability of our resources, places, and spaces. To enhance your travel experience and make a positive contribution, these are some thoughtful actions you can take before and during a visit to our region:

  • Respect the Sunshine Coast’s places and spaces, and everyone who calls this place home.

  • Do not travel if you are sick, practice physical distancing when possible, and wash your hands regularly. Province-wide COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, but these are still good rules of thumb to follow year-round.

  • Plan ahead—book activities, accommodations, and experiences in advance.

  • Familiarize yourself with local water restrictions, and practice water conservation.

  • Adhere to safety protocols, including rules and guidelines at local businesses and in outdoor spaces such as community beaches, trails, and parks.  

  • Learn the principles of Leave No Trace and check out AdventureSmart to prepare yourself before embarking on outdoor adventures.

  • Support local. Seek out independent shops and boutiques, eateries, and more.

It is important to acknowledge that the Sunshine Coast region is home to the traditional, unceded, and ancestral territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, shíshálh, Tla’amin, Klahoose, and Xwémalhkwu Nations. Anytime you are exploring the Sunshine Coast, please remember to be safe, responsible, and respectful.
 

Travelling to BC

For the latest information on travel to Canada including any federal requirements and restrictions, please visit the Government of Canada website.

Travellers are encouraged to reference Destination BC’s “Know Before You Go” page for information on the latest travel restrictions and updates in British Columbia.
 

Start Planning Your Next Trip

Check out our trip ideas to get some inspiration for your next getaway to the Sunshine Coast, visit our travel deals & packages page to see what our partners have on offer, or reach out to one of our Visitor Centres for trip planning assistance.

Click here to view a digital version of the Sunshine Coast Travel Guide.

About the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is located on the southern coast of British Columbia, Canada, extending 180km between Howe Sound and Desolation Sound.

Travel Guide & Maps

Looking for some trip inspiration and planning tools? Check out the Sunshine Coast Travel Guide, as well as a variety of local maps and resources.

Itinerary Planner

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Trip Ideas

Need some trip ideas and inspiration for your Sunshine Coast trip? Try these suggested touring routes & itineraries to inspire your next trip to the Sunshine Coast, BC.

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